We all have that one place we most want to visit on our bucket list and for me, that place has always been California. For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to go there. The post college plan was to move to Southern California and land a job as a tv reporter. I told everyone my plan. My graduation party was basically the bon voyage to California party. I had plans to move in with a high school friend and start my professional adult life. I spent an entire summer applying for jobs and sending out resume reels to countless tv stations, but no one replied. To further complicate things, my future roommate had her boyfriend move in, leaving me with nowhere to stay and no one else to rely on. With no job prospects, my plans suddenly flew out the window. So, I bunkered down with my family for one more year in Buffalo before I decided on a whim to move to New York City. Life wasn’t easy back then and sometimes when I look back on my early 20s, I contemplate writing a book or a screenplay on the struggles I endured. But you know what…I kicked life’s A** and I made it. So , here I am 10 years later and I finally can say I WENT TO CALIFORNIA BABY!
Needless to say, California is a ginormous state, but I wanted us to cover as much ground as we possibly could in ten days. My main focus was to see as much of the coastline that we could, while also enjoying my absolute favorite thing in the world….California’s beautiful trees, so we did just that. There were so many highlights on this trip that I will cover over the next few posts, but I just had to start with one of my favorites, Muir Woods National Park.
Photos hardly do this place justice, so all I can tell you is that you are magically transported to another world when you visit. When you look up, and you see the rays of sunlight shining a spotlight down on these magnificent redwoods…you realize that you have got front row seats to one of the best shows on earth. As Timi and I walked the two miles around this ancient forest, we couldn’t help but keep our voices to a whisper, because even in the silence, we knew these trees had so much to say.
“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” – John Muir
For more information on Muir Woods, visit https://www.nps.gov/muwo/index.htm